When corporate management and benefit plan fiduciaries need a highly experienced counselor to represent their interests in employment and compensation, tax, litigation, corporate planning, fiduciary responsibilities, or plan administration matters, they turn to Lee Polk. Lee is adept at representing clients in business transactions and dealings with government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Clients value Lee’s five decades of employee benefits law experience, particularly in the area of ERISA, and his flexible-minded approach, which is calculated to lead to the most sensible course of action in achieving their goals.
Lee’s clients include businesses of every size, in virtually every industry, and in locations primarily in the eastern areas of the United States. He helps clients design, establish, administer, and terminate pension and welfare plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. Clients appreciate Lee’s thoughtfulness and experience in handling issues calling for creative problem solving.
Senior management rely on Lee to help them stay compliant with federal regulatory requirements in the areas of compensation and employee benefits, create sound workforce policies that they can effectively administer, and prudently deal with parties who may approach management policies in an adversarial manner. When disputes arise, Lee represents senior management (and plan fiduciaries) in employee benefits disputes, litigation, and arbitration, involving both single-employer and multiemployer plans.
Lee is a past chair of the Qualified Plans Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property Probate & Trust Law. He is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Employee Benefit Committee and past chair of the Midwest Pension Conference. He has spoken at meetings of various business and governmental organizations, including at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Currently, Lee serves on the board of the Benefits Law Journal, published by Wolters Kluwer. He has also served on various not-for-profit boards, including Heartland Alliance, a large social service agency, and Friends of Battered Women and Their Children, as well as organizing committees for alumni of his law school, college, and high school.
Outside of the office, Lee’s has played in the Chicago North Men’s Senior Baseball League (wooden bat), and also enjoys handball, scuba diving, camping, and canoeing.